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is consolidating some of its sections in an effort to cut costs. The Metro section, for example, is now part of the main news. 

And on most week days, Sports will now be part of the Business section. Why do these sections belong together, exactly? My more paranoid self concluded these are both considered “guy” things, that in an imperfect world where consolidation is necessary, these two sections are most like each other. Even if this wasn’t the motivation (and I really strained to find a production rationale that made sense to me to explain it), that’s the message it might be sending.

Yes, I know, lots of women love reading about sports. And guess what, lots and lots of women love reading the business section. So why not bring them together? Maybe I’m too preoccupied with my own bias -  my husband grabs ONLY the sports section for his commute, leaving me the rest of the paper. Now he will have nothing, because the Business section is a necessity for m. Or maybe I can learn to live without it. After all, I also get The Wall Street Journal at home. It will probably have a Sports section of its own soon enough.



2 Comments so far

  1. Wes Pedersen on October 6th, 2008

    Let’s grub down to the important stuff here: where will the crossword be? In the education section? Croswords can certainly be educational. In the arts section? Putting a crossword together is certainly an art as well as a craft..
    In Business? Perhaps. Enough people have time aplenty now for completing even the weekly tough-nut — if they can still afford the Times. In Sports? Same answer.:

  2. Brian McGee on November 27th, 2008

    As much as I respect the New York Times, the sports section always has been their weak link. Folding sports into the much more important business section is an honest admission that, for the NYT, sports journalism is an afterthought.

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